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JUST IN: Channels TV reporter hit by stray bullet Shiite protest dies

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A reporter with Channels Television, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), popularly known as Shiites clashed with officers of the Nigerian Police on Monday in Abuja has died.

The Shi’ites protest turned violent on Monday in Abuja, including the environs of the Federal Secretariat.

Owolabi who is a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was reported dead during the Channels Television 10 pm news bulletin.

It was gathered that he died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja.

“The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

“They pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest,” part of the statement from the station reads.

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We Have Lifted Five Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In Three Years – FG

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Extreme poverty in Nigeria

According to President Buhari, The President of Nigeria, His administration has been able to change the Poverty status of over five million Nigerians in the space of three years. This was possible through the introduction of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the federal government.

Mr Buhari said this at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the forum was an opportunity for young persons to address the challenges of national economic stability.

The president’s claim came despite report by the World Poverty Clock in 2018 that Nigeria had overtaken India with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.

According to the report released in May 2018, Nigeria now has an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.

Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Mr Buhari commended the ILO for committing itself to youth employment.

He noted that the federal government had an in-depth understanding of the rapidly changing demographics and the emerging world of work.

Buhari said:

“We note at this point that the issue of youth unemployment has assumed a global significant, and on the front burner of development discourse.

“The government of Nigeria understands the need to focus attention on youth empowerment by creating the enabling environment for job opportunities and capacity building.

“The present administration from the onset, made the investment in our people, one of the key goals of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which is the national development blueprint from the period of 2017 to 2020.

“The implementation of the plan also has the flagship programme such as the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

“It has yielded some measurable outcomes in the form of increased school enrolment and the creation of more jobs.

“One of the key components of the NSIP is the N-Power programme and its sub-components has led to the creation of job opportunities in different sectors of the economy for young persons.

“For example, in the past three years, the programme has yielded over 2 million direct and indirect employment opportunities and has lifted over 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty.

“In addition to this achievement, some sectors of the economy with high propensity for massive job creation and employment generation were specifically target by the government for various forms of support.”

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Andre Blaze sexually assaulted me in while I was incapacitated – Olutimehin Adegboye

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A Nigerian writer, Olutimehin Adegbeye, has alleged that the man behind the Big Brother Naija 2019 voice, Andre Blaze Henshaw, sexually assaulted her while she was incapacitated.

She took to her Twitter page to revealed that the act happened in the full glare of other people who couldn’t stop the TV host.

Read her tweets below.

Just a friendly reminder that all of you watching Big Brother are listening to the voice of Andre Blaze Henshaw, who sexually assaulted me while I was incapacitated, in full view of other people, and despite the fact that another woman who saw him tried to make him stop.

Tell me again how survivors “speaking up” and “naming our abusers” somehow magically stops them from having the resources, social space and power to abuse other people. Tell me again how accusations of sexual violence are terrible things that ‘ruin men’s lives’.

“The BBC never apologised, by the way. Nor did they seem to remember or care what they did before inviting me to speak at another one of their ‘pro-woman’ events this year. Trololololol.

And now I’ve just remembered what happened to T-Boss on camera, and #welp.

The problem isn’t that most people don’t believe survivors — even though that’s a huge problem in and of itself. The real problem is that people simply do not care.

In less depressing update-style news, I did get a loving, heartfelt, personal apology from a wonderful woman who works for the BBC. And immense amounts of support from feminists and women who simply get it. So that was nice.

Sha still wondering whether Mr Henshaw will continue his N104m lawsuit against me since he somehow never showed up in court despite being the complainant.

Would also love a chat w/his then-girlfriend, who joined in the assault, tearfully apologised to me in person weeks later,then somehow ended up listed as a ‘witness’ in Henshaw’s defence in a suit that ticked every ridiculous slut-shaming box in the history of knee-jerk male abuser responses. That’s probably a lost cause sha.

I mean, y’all still go to COZA, izinit? And I get it. If we stopped supporting abusers in Nigeria: wife-and-partner beaters, rapists, emotionally abusive philanderers, sexual predators, creepy relatives, child molesters etc, who go remain? Lmao. I get it, y’all. Isscoo. ✌️🏿

When everybody–from your pastors to your family members to your teachers to your neighbours to God knows who else–has the social space to be an abuser, and there’s almost no way to know for sure who isn’t exploiting that space, what can you do? I get it.

If this news is reaching you for the first time, please be reminded that it is news to you. I’ve been talking about this for years. I don’t care if you believe me or not. I’m just reminding you that some of us know the truth: y’all don’t care about sexual violence or survivors.

Be yourself. Do work. Do YOUR work. Dig deep. Stay true. Create an endlessly. Revel in your brilliance. Protect your (he)Art. Flourish.

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